Deputy City Solicitor

 

The attorney will be responsible for defending the City of Philadelphia and its employees primarily in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas against premises liability, motor vehicle, and property damage claims.  The attorney will be responsible for managing a caseload of approximately 90 Major Jury cases.  The attorney will be responsible for independently conducting intensive discovery and investigation of tort claims, conduct and defend depositions, attend court conferences, draft appropriate pleadings, court memoranda, discovery, and dispositive motions.  Knowledge of the Pennsylvania Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act and prior experience taking and defending depositions and conducting arbitrations and trials is necessary.  The attorney will work with experts (e.g., engineers, medical doctors) and ultimately represent the City at trial, arbitration or ADR.  The Major Trials Division is a fast-paced, challenging litigation Division in which attorneys are, with appropriate supervision, expected to independently manage their case files from initial pleadings through settlement or trial and manage their litigation calendars.

 

Essential Functions

In addition to the Position Summary, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advise and represent the City of Philadelphia and our employees, before government agencies, and in legal matters

  • Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in tort litigation.

  • Communicate with clients, colleagues, judges and others involved in the case

  • Conduct research and analysis of legal problems

  • Study federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations

  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals, and government agencies

  • Present facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others and argue on behalf of the clients

  • Prepare and file legal documents, such as preliminary objections, answers and dispositive motions

  • Supervise legal assistants

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Analyze probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents

  • Negotiate settlements

  • Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law

 

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and process

  • Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.

  • Ability to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.

  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. Must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries. 

 

Qualifications (Education and Experience)

 

The preferred candidate would have at least 5 to 7 years of experience in personal injury litigation or specialized experience with representing municipal entities.  This is not an entry-level litigation position. 

 

Candidates must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

 

Additional Information

 

Interested candidates should apply through SmartRecruiters at: https://smrtr.io/6mySd

 

Any questions related to this position should be directed to Sean Kirby, Divisional Deputy City Solicitor, Tort Litigation Unit (sean.kirby@phila.gov).

 

Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

 

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to faqpchr@phila.gov. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/Pages/default.aspx

Assistant City Solicitor

Position Summary

 

The Regulatory Law Unit’s Environmental Division is currently seeking a licensed Pennsylvania attorney to fill an Assistant City Solicitor position (with 1 to 5 years of legal experience).  This is an entry level position for attorneys with a strong interest in Environmental Law.  The primary responsibility is enforcement litigation, negotiation, counseling, and compliance work for the City's clean air enforcement and compliance agency, the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health Air Management Services Division (AMS),  which has compliance and enforcement responsibilities for substantial portions of the Federal Clean Air Act;  the Pa. Air Pollution Control Act; and the Philadelphia Air Management Code and related regulations, as well as the Philadelphia Code sections relating to Asbestos (related federal Asbestos NESHAP), Noise, and Odor Regulations.  Most litigation occurs in the Court of Common Pleas, primarily equity court, Municipal Court, and the Board of Licenses and Inspections Review.  However, the position potentially has responsibilities including most areas of environmental law, in the representation of other City Departments.  The Division has a particular emphasis on Clean Air enforcement, Brownfields, solid waste, NEPA, and Superfund work. Any experience in Environmental Law, Sustainability, PA PUC work and legal drafting would be significant attributes for any candidate, but not necessarily required.

 

Essential Functions

 

  • Advising and representing AMS in compliance and enforcement matters.

  • Advising AMS regarding air emission permits and licenses.

  • Advising various agencies and departments on Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment matters.

  • Advising AMS and various other agencies and departments on Environmental Justice issues.

  • Reviewing, drafting, and negotiating enforcement settlements, small contracts, grant agreements, access agreements, and certain permits.

  • Advising on and handling compliance matters under a wide range of local, state, and federal environmental laws regulating municipal functions such as underground tanks and waste disposal.

  • Tracking and advising on relevant environmental laws and regulations that affect AMS and various City operating departments.

  • Supporting the Law Department’s other Units on matters that involve environmental law issues.

  • Assisting other City Departments on transactional matters as requested.

 

 

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to analyze and master local, state, and federal environmental laws, regulations, and administrative procedures in a short period of time.

  • Familiarity with City of Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, Code, local courts and government structure and process.

  • Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to communicate with clients at various levels with different subject matter expertise as well as external parties. 

  • Strong drafting and negotiating skills.

  • Strong legal analytical skills.

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and display of cultural competency.    

 

 

Qualifications (Education and Experience)

One to five years of experience or a judicial clerkship is preferred.   Candidates with a strong academic background will also be considered.  Any environmental training or experience would be greatly valued but is not absolutely required.

Candidates must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

 

Additional Information

 

Interested candidates should apply through SmartRecruiters at:  https://smrtr.io/6TGsy

 

 

As a condition of employment with the City of Philadelphia, employees starting employment on or after September 1, 2021 must be vaccinated.

 

Any questions related to this position should be directed to Scott Schwarz, Chief Deputy City Solicitor, Regulatory Law Unit (scott.schwarz@phila.gov).

 

Successful candidate must be a City of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

 

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to faqpchr@phila.gov. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/Pages/default.aspx

Associate Attorney, Earthjustice

The Coal Program at Earthjustice is now accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates who are working to end the U.S.’s dependence on coal-fired power, stop proposed gas-fired power plants, and advance a just and equitable clean energy transformation.  The position will be based wither in our Philadelphia, PA office or our Chicago, IL office.  As Earthjustice handles coal litigation around the country, the position may entail significant travel.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups to engage on the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters is in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Coal Program uses hard-hitting litigation, administrative advocacy, and the strength of partnership to work to end our nation’s reliance on dirty, expensive, and outdated coal-fired power, and to transform our country’s energy sector into one that is clean, renewable, and modern.  Our docket includes litigation to secure and strengthen stringent environmental standards for coal plants, lawsuits challenging government or industry failure to implement such standards, and challenges to utility proposals to spend hundreds of millions of dollars or more on aging coal plants rather than investing in clean energy.   We also have a growing docket focused on challenging proposed new gas plants that would crowd out clean energy development.  For more information about the Coal Program, please visit http://earthjustice.org/about/offices/coal

The Associate Attorney position is a three-year position designed to help attorneys who are in the early stages of their careers to develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  As Associate Attorneys gain experience, they gradually take on more independent responsibility for their cases, but work throughout their tenure under the supervision of Senior Attorneys, Deputy Managing Attorneys, or the Managing Attorney.  Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Senior Attorneys, Deputy Managing Attorneys, Managing Attorney, and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.

  • Participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.

  • Engage in proceedings before state and federal courts, public utility commissions, and other administrative tribunals.

  • Prepare comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents.

  • Interact with clients, coalition partners, and experts, and learn how to handle press work.

  • Hire and supervise law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks.

 

Qualifications:

  • Law school graduates who are admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the state bar where they are located.

  • Up to four years of litigation experience.

  • Excellent research, analytic, writing, and communication skills.

  • Strong work ethic and initiative, and sound yet creative judgment.

  • Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.

  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

  • Willingness to travel at least 15% of the time.

  • Commitment to serving the public interest.

  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

 

Salary depends on experience and location.

Salary range in Chicago, IL: $83,000 - $99,400

Salary range in Philadelphia, PA: $78,700 - $94,100

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should submit via Jobvite:

  • Resume

  • One or two page cover letter that addresses each of the following: (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission; and/or (2) any experiences you have working with people or communities from backgrounds that differ from your own or with those who have been disproportionately affected by environmental harms.

  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.

  • Law school transcript.

  • List of three references.

 

Earthjustice brings our associate attorneys on board on a quarterly schedule during the months of January, April, June and September.

For this position, we are looking to hire a candidate that is available to start in January 2022. Please apply by October 26, 2021. After that, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.  No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.